Well, that desired content just got closer as I have received word direct from an official source that to support their new 4K TV line, Sony will be making their previously announced FMP-X1 4K media server, available to consumers by July 15th 2013.
If you haven't read my previous report, the FMP-X1 will be priced at $699. Also, anyone that has already purchased either the Sony XBR55X900A (compare prices) or XBR65X900A (compare prices) 4K Ultra HD TV will also be given the opportunity to purchase the FMP-X1 at a $200 discount for a limited time. Free activation and setup for qualified users will also be included.
In addition to the reasonable price, the purchasers of the FMP-X1 will find 10 pre-loaded 4K movies to watch, and, beginning later in the Fall of 2013, will also be able to purchase additional 4K content via download through the new Video Unlimited 4K service via the Sony Entertainment Network. The content will able for 24-rental or can be purchased (prices will range from $7.99 to $29.99, which is very competitive with Blu-ray Disc pricing). The FMP-X1 has 2TB of storage capacity.
However, although access to genuine 4K content is exciting, the downside is that Sony's FMP-X1 and Video Unlimited 4K service are code locked for use only with Sony's TVs. So if you purchased one of someone else's 4K Ultra HD models, you are out of luck, unless they provide a similar service, or a third party service, such as RedRay and Odemax that might be compatible with their 4K TVs. Image of FMP-X1 Media Server provided by Sony.
For more details on the Sony FMP-X1, including the list of the 10 prepackaged films, and pre-ordering information, check out the Official Product Page.